Weekend DIY projects: 17 simple jobs you can do in a weekend

These simple DIY projects will keep you busy over the weekend - and they won't cost a bomb, either!

No-one wants to squeeze in DIY jobs in the evening after their nine-to-five – so we’ve collated a list of simple DIY projects you can complete in just one weekend.

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As well as being quick and easy, keeping your household maintenance up-to-date will save you a pretty penny in the long run, too.

Plus, if you’re tight on budget then that’s no problem – we’ve split these jobs into sections for under £50, £150 and £250 to take the pressure off your purse. Read on for 17 DIY tasks you can fit into a weekend:

£50 and under decorating jobs

Change the doorknobs

Round doorknob in Antique Brass, £45, Cox & Cox
Round doorknob in Antique Brass, £45, Cox & Cox

A simple switch that is speedy, easy and doesn’t cost the earth is changing the knobs on drawers and doors. Whether you’ve just upcycled a piece of furniture or have a new IKEA wardrobe, swapping the handles for a stylish alternative can be the finishing touch your hardware needs.

Hang a shelf

Raw scaffold shelf, £50; Nettleton, Stratton, Positano, Edgehill and Sorrento plant pots, from £3 each, all Garden Trading
Raw scaffold shelf, £50; Nettleton, Stratton, Positano, Edgehill and Sorrento plant pots, from £3 each, all Garden Trading

Buying the shelves is one thing, putting them up is another, but make this weekend the one where you get the job done! It shouldn’t take more than an hour, so you’ll have your new storage space sorted in no time, and for £50 or less, too. Find out how to put up a floating shelf – or if you’re feeling ambitious, try making your own bookshelf!

Refresh your windows

Moonstone wooden blind, from £22.25, Blinds 2go
Moonstone wooden blind, from £22.25, Blinds 2go

Hanging new curtains and blinds can easily be done in a few hours at the weekend and you don’t need to fork out a fortune for installation costs.

Do up the front door

Al Fresco paint in Wise Old Sage, from £6.95 for 150ml, Frenchic
Al Fresco paint in Wise Old Sage, from £6.95 for 150ml, Frenchic

Has the entrance to your home seen better days? Check out our ideas to glam up your front door on a budget! The quickest way to refresh the front door is simply giving it a lick of paint. The YHS team recommend the Al Fresco paint from Frenchic, which is suitable for both indoors and out.

Stencil your space

Meadow Flowers stencil, £17.95; walls painted in Napoleonic Blue, £41.95 for 2.5L; stencilled flowers painted in a selection of chalk paint, from £5.95 for 120ml, all Annie Sloan
Meadow Flowers stencil, £17.95; walls painted in Napoleonic Blue, £41.95 for 2.5L; stencilled flowers painted in a selection of chalk paint, from £5.95 for 120ml, all Annie Sloan

Another super quick way to do-up your digs for less is by updating your walls with a stencil design. We’ve fallen in love with this floral stencil from Annie Sloan – with a bit of practice you can renew your home with beautiful blooms for spring and summer.

Upcycle your furniture

Eggshell water-based paint in Mint, £19.95 for 1L, Lisa Comfort Home
Eggshell water-based paint in Mint, £19.95 for 1L, Lisa Comfort Home

If the purse strings are tight, then rather than buying brand-new furniture, why not use your weekend to upcycle what you already have? There are plenty of gorgeous paint colours out there for you to choose from when it comes to revamping furniture, such as this Mint shade from Lisa Comfort Home, which has been used to upcycle a set of bedside tables. Check out some of our tutorials to get started:

£150 and under decorating jobs

Add character with art

Buddha canvas, £15; Highland cows canvas, £18; Paris canvas, £15; Pampas grass canvas, £22; Green large leaf canvas, £15; Cocktails framed image, £12; Moon phase image, £15; Ballerina framed image, £25; Mono foil framed image, £18, all Matalan
Buddha canvas, £15; Highland cows canvas, £18; Paris canvas, £15; Pampas grass canvas, £22; Green large leaf canvas, £15; Cocktails framed image, £12; Moon phase image, £15; Ballerina framed image, £25; Mono foil framed image, £18, all Matalan

Give your walls some personality by curating a collection of your favourite art. High street brands such as Matalan, Dunelm and H&M are budget-friendly options when it comes to creating a gallery wall, but you can also interweave these buys with some one-off pieces from independent shops, too – try Etsy and Numonday for more stylish art on a budget

Update the sink

Milano Elizabeth traditional crosshead basin pillar taps in Brushed Gold, £79.99, Big Bathroom Shop
Milano Elizabeth traditional crosshead basin pillar taps in Brushed Gold, £79.99, Big Bathroom Shop

Changing the faucets around the sink, bath or shower is easier and quicker than you might think. Plus, once you’ve completed a kitchen or bathroom makeover, updating the taps is one of the best ways to polish off the finished look.

Redecorate with wallpaper  

Jungle luxe Navy wallpaper, £12 per roll; Anya large sideboard, £529; Mila Magenta rug, from £65, all Dunelm
Jungle luxe Navy wallpaper, £12 per roll; Anya large sideboard, £529; Mila Magenta rug, from £65, all Dunelm

Bring your walls to life by adding wallpaper. Patterns can range from as little as £10 per roll to heftier £100+ price tags from designer or independent brands. If you shop smart though, then a few rolls needn’t set you back more than £50-£100. Or, if you fall in love with a high-end design, then just buy one roll and create a few eye-catching feature panels!

Make a feature

Bamboo wallpaper mural, from £35 per sq m, Wallsauce
Bamboo wallpaper mural, from £35 per sq m, Wallsauce

For a quicker alternative to paint and wallpaper, opt for a wall mural. It’s a go-to choice if you want to create a feature wall and are looking for a rapid update with a low price point.

Spruce up the walls

Easy-clean matt emulsion wall paint in Cream White and Mustard Jar, from £25 for 2.5L, Crown Paints
Easy-clean matt emulsion wall paint in Cream White and Mustard Jar, from £25 for 2.5L, Crown Paints

Painting the walls doesn’t have to be a mammoth task, especially if you invest in high-quality paint to start with. Depending on the size of your room, you should be able to paint the entire space for less than £150 – and that includes buying the equipment. 

£250 and under decorating jobs

Polish off with panelling

Georgian panelling, from £19 per sheet, The English Panelling Company
Georgian panelling, from £19 per sheet, The English Panelling Company

Adding decorative woodwork is a fairly inexpensive option that can be done over a weekend, but how much you pay depends on the size of the room and how many sheets you need. A plus side to panelling is that there are so many styles out there, from Georgian and Edwardian to Regency and Victorian, all of which look stunning in a period-style property.

Tile a splashback

Jasper Indigo splashback, £175, Splashback
Jasper Indigo splashback, £175, Splashback

Tiling your own splashback takes time and patience to get right, but it’s a good way to save a few pounds rather than hiring a tradesperson. However, if you’re happy to loosen your purse strings a little then you can make the task easier by buying a ready-made splashback and installing it yourself, which will take half the time.

Redo your flooring

Oxwich coffee strand bamboo flooring, £72 per sq m, Woodpecker Flooring
Oxwich coffee strand bamboo flooring, £72 per sq m, Woodpecker Flooring

You can easily update the flooring in a small area of your home, such as a utility room or hallway, in a day or two and for a reasonable price. Moduleo has flooring choices in a variety of styles so it’s an ideal place to start your search. Look for easy-to-fit options such as click system luxury vinyl tiles or, for the quickest of fixes, try peel-and-stick vinyl tiles – there are loads of designs to choose from.

Add a headboard

Adeline headboard, £193.99, Wayfair
Adeline headboard, £193.99, Wayfair

This is a swift and simple job that can be done and dusted in under an hour. Plus, it will give your bedroom the finishing touch it deserves. Velvet and rattan headboards are all the rage at the moment – check out Habitat and Wayfair for some on-trend and affordable options.

Rethink your lighting

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Layering your lighting not only transforms the look of your home, but also the feel of it. Soften your overhead light with a decorative shade, add table lamps for ambiance and desk lamps where you work or read. Try Iconic Lights and Homesense for budget-friendly options.

Cover your radiators

Malcolm-Radiator-Cover---£45.82

Updating your radiators can make a huge difference, and a cover can provide a space with the finesse it needs to complete a stylish and sophisticated look. It’s likely that, once you fit your first cover, you’ll want one in every room!

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Words by Sophie Demetriades.